Aberdeen routs N. East, 85-42, for Upper Chesapeake Bay title

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 24, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North East of Cecil County worked hard to shut down Aberdeen's Robbie Jackson last night. The Indians often triple-teamed the 7-foot senior center and held him to two points.

But they couldn't stop the rest of the Eagles.

Marlon Jenifer scored a season-best 21 points, Kashif Brown added 16 and Devron Galloway had 12 as No. 9 Aberdeen rolled to an 85-42 victory in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game at Harford Tech.

Aberdeen (18-4) also won the UCBAC championship last year in the conference's first season. The Eagles had little trouble last night, scoring the first eight points and dominating with their speed and quickness.

"They had an [edge] in size," Aberdeen coach Richard Hart said. "But we knew there'd be a chance we'd have an advantage in speed and quickness."

Jenifer averaged around 10 points this season as the team's point guard and started the scoring with a three-pointer 14 seconds into the game. He scored 17 in the first half as the Eagles took a 49-25 lead.

Aberdeen turned the game into a track meet, repeatedly running off rebounds, turnovers and steals. North East (15-8) couldn't slow the Eagles.

"We were trying to run every time we got the chance," Jenifer said. "It opened the game up."

North East's concerns with shutting down Jackson also opened it up. The Indians held Jackson to one third-quarter dunk and often double- and triple-teamed him - but that left Aberdeen shooters wide-open on the wings and in the corner.

The Eagles finished with 10 of their 32 baskets coming on three-point shots.

Hart emptied his bench midway through the third quarter. The teams could meet again, with Aberdeen the top seed in the Class 2A North region and North East (15-8) the No. 2 seed.

The Indians will have to improve on offense if they play Aberdeen again. Jason Hamant and Brett Foskey led North East with 10 points apiece, but the Indians rarely found any consistency on offense.

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